"2015, Armenian Genocide 100th Anniversary", New Book Documenting Turkish Atrocities against Armenians

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "2015, Armenian Genocide 100th Anniversary", a recently-published  book by Syrian writer Sameer Arbash, documents the horrible massacres committed by the Ottomans against the Armenians in 1915, SANA reported.

The book signing ceremony was held yesterday at the Armenian Patriarchate in Bab Sharqi area in Damascus in the presence of the Armenian Ambassador to Syria and the Patriarch of the Armenians.

The book, which adopts research method, provides information and photos revealing the atrocities committed by the Ottomans against the Armenians and exposing the Turks’ racist policy based on ethnic and religious cleansing. It focuses on the crimes committed by Turkish doctors against children in addition to the systematic acts of kidnapping and rape against Armenian women and girls. The book also depicts the distortion of facts about the history and civilization of the Armenians in the region.

The book's preface, written by Syrian researcher and thinker Dr. Nabil Toumeh, describes the Armenians as historically deep-rooted people who contributed to the history and civilization of Asia.

Toumeh says that the Armenian people were the target of the most brutal kinds of oppression by Ottoman sultans and the victim of violent crimes including the horrible massacre against them in 1915 which claimed the lives of a million and a half Armenians and the Turkish occupation of the Syrian Liwa Iskenderun where a large number of Armenians lived before being displaced.

The Armenians also suffered further catastrophe when Turkish-backed armed terrorist groups launched an aggression against the Syrian city of Kassab in northern Lattakia leading to the displacement of the Armenians from the city.

Armenian Archbishop Armash Nalbandian told SANA cultural bulletin that the book is based on historical and scientific information documenting the Turks’ attempt to exterminate the Armenians.

"The 100th anniversary of the genocide comes in April next year to commemorate the meaning of the martyrdom of the Armenians killed by Turkey who keeps denying this crime," the archbishop said, pointing out that a committee called the Committee for Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was formed specially to follow up this issue.

On his part, the Armenian Ambassador in Damascus Arshak Poladian said the author of the book did a humanitarian work to serve a just cause that is still being denied.

According to the United Nations Rights Council, the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century, occurred between 1915-1918 when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres.

Hamda Mustafa